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Take Heart

I drove in the darkness down I-40 towards downtown. I drove to make it to an event that I didn’t even know if I wanted to go to anymore.I was broken. I was hurting. I was empty. My greatest fear had been realized. And it didn’t just terrify me. It terrorized me. My sin was great. My sin is great. And what if, what if the One I love most, what if He finally saw it and turned against me. What if He walked away like so many others had. What if He, the One I was created for, the One I want more than any other, what if He had enough of my sin and walked away. What if He walked far away.

It was, of course, a lie. But even in my hearing of the lie, there was something deeper that resonated truth. I cried down I-40. I cried out to the God I was created by and for. I cried as fear rippled through me. It was the closest to hell I had ever come. The idea of separation from God.

But now, a week later, all I can feel is the anger that a lie like that even exists. For that indeed is what it is. A lie meant not only to terrorize but to paralyze. To steal every deep thing in us and leave us in the shallow waters of deception. And instead of tears, I pour out anger. I can feel the heat burn over my skin as I think of truth, as I stand on truth. And I would not share, except that I know. I know there are others out there. Those who also struggle. Those who have been terrorized by the fear. The fear that their worth is not worthy. The fear that their value is of little to all, even the One who created them. For some the fear runs rampant in their minds and life. A wildman unable to tame and control. And for others, it is merely a whisper. One that settles over the day and into the night. Left to remind them that something is wrong. Even if the wrong doesn’t have a name. And so for you, for me, I stand. I stand on the truth that He will never leave me or forsake me. He will never leave you or forsake you. For we are the Beloved’s, and He is ours. We are His. And neither death nor life nor angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing  in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing will separate us. It is more than a promise. Because in this culture, in this world promise holds little weight. People promise all the time, and promises are easily broken. Broken by emotion. Broken by requirements. Broken by all the desires that we see and feel and find and satisfy. Promises are broken by the pride of life and the lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes. Promises are broken by selfishness, by humanity, by sin. But in Christ there is none of that. He who is without sin promised, vowed, made covenant with me, with you that He will never leave us. Never forsake us. Never let anything separate us from the love of Christ

Not even ourselves.

Not even our sin.

Sin is rampant in this world. But take heart, because He has overcome the world. And in overcoming the world, He has overcome our sin. We are no more in sin. We are only and forever in Him. The sin of one man caused death to rule over many. And thus you and I were inflicted, afflicted by the disease of the world. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness. For all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death, through one man, Jesus Christ. We live in triumph. We are triumphant. We live in Him and through Him and no more does sin, or any other thing, separate us from Him.

We are in Him. I am in Him. You are in Him. For in Him we live and move and exist. In Him. We are in Him. And neither death nor life nor angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing  in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He will not walk away. He will not walk away. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will not walk away. Nothing will separate Him from you. Nothing will separate Him from me. We are our beloved’s and our beloved’s is ours.

He will not walk away.

Deuteronomy 31:6 | Song of Songs 6:3 | Romans 8:39

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